preschoolers

To Unlock Your Child’s Heart, Just Ask for the Key!

  If you are reading this, you probably want your kids to know how much you love them. And you probably tell them often that…

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Finding Sanity During Family Car Trips5 Tips for Peace in the Back Seat

“Are we there yet?” “I have to go to the bathroom!” “I want a Happy Meal NOW!” “No, I want Taco Bell!!” Ahh, the bliss…

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6 Ways to Combat Back-to-School AnxietyLessons for Parents and Kids

Heading back to school can be an anxious and stressful time for kids — and for parents, too! New schedules, new notebooks, new teachers and…

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Feeling Stuck? Move Toward the Struggling Child.

  Parents often find themselves at a loss when kids are particularly discouraged or struggling. It can begin to feel hopeless when everything you’ve tried…

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A Creative Dad’s Tip for Teaching Sharing

Recently we wrote about helping kids value sharing. If your child needs some practice sharing, and you want some practical ideas, consider following in the…

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Teach Kids to Be Responsible for Their Own Actions

  When our kids hurt their siblings, our sense of justice compels us to punish them. But sometimes punishment is not the best way to…

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12 Misbehaviors and the God-Given Gifts Behind ThemSeeing Strengths Even in Struggles

All talents or gifts can be used for God’s purposes, but they can also be distorted by selfishness and sin and used to serve misbehavior. When this happens, the gift is still present, but it’s gone awry. Here are some examples of common misbehaviors and some gifts/talents that tend to drive them.

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The Five Powerful Results of Empathy

There is no more important time for kids to know they’re loved than when they misbehave. If the love message misses them then, they may think that love is conditional. People who believe that tend to rise and fall with their performance and compromise themselves for approval. Not what we want for our kids. So communicate love through empathy!

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What’s Your Child Really Saying?How I Created Connection with my Child's Heart

It was the first warm day of spring in Minnesota, which usually means MUD. The ground was still soggy from the snow melt, but the air was clean and fresh and the flowers were just beginning to peek through the soil. I was outside with two of our three kids…

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How to Deal with an Attention Addict

  Recently, on a weekend when all our kids were home, we dug out the family videos for a trip down memory lane (or, in…

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